What is Aspartame?


Aspartame is a nutritive sweetener that provides the sweet taste of sugar at a fraction of the calories. It is a combination of the amino acids’ aspartic acid and phenylalanine, as the methyl ester. Aspartame, discovered almost 30 years ago, is now a widely accepted sweetener and is used by millions of Americans every day.

Reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) state that the scientific evidence, including studies of a wide variety of ages and types of people, often using extremely large amounts of aspartame, supports the fact that consuming products sweetened with aspartame is no different than consuming other foods. Aspartame has been approved for use in over 90 countries.

It is also stated that individuals with a rare genetic disease called phenylketonuria (PKU), need to be aware that aspartame is a source of the protein component, phenylalanine. Those who have PKU cannot properly metabolize phenylalanine and must monitor their intake of phenylalanine from all foods, including foods containing aspartame.

Other Studies

Studies have shown that when the temperature of aspartame exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in aspartame coverts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. (Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants). The methanol toxicity mimics multiple sclerosis; thus some people were diagnosed with having multiple sclerosis in error. The multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, where methanol toxicity is the cause. This methanol toxicity has been found when the victim drinks a lot of Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi, usually three to four 12 oz. cans of them a day, some even more.

In the cases of someone who has systemic lupus, it can be triggered by aspartame. The victim usually does not know that the aspartame is the culprit. The victim continues its use it, aggravating the lupus to such a degree, that sometimes it becomes life threatening. When we get people off the aspartame, those with systemic lupus usually become asymptotic.

This also applies to cases of tinnitus.

The Atkins Diet Center has done research that indicates sweeteners that contain aspartame (such as NutraSweet and Equal) stimulate insulin production (leading to unstable blood sugar, irritability and carbohydrate cravings). Sweeteners that use sucralose (marketed as Splenda) and saccharin (such as Sweet’n Low) have not been shown to stimulate insulin production.

Studes now show its use may disrupt the oxidant/antioxidant balance, induce oxidative stress, and damage cell membrane integrity, potentially affecting a variety of cells and tissues and causing a deregulation of cellular function, ultimately leading to systemic inflammation.

If you are using aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc.) and you suffer from spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss you might have aspartame toxicity.

One of the side effects is nerve damage of neuropathy. See article on Neuropathy

How do you know if a product contains aspartame?

The word “aspartame” will be included in the product’s list of ingredients. If the product is sweetened exclusively with NutraSweet® brand of aspartame, it will usually have the NutraSweet® logo and swirl on the front product panel.

See Also:

See Maltitol

See High Fructose Corn Syrup

See Saccharin

See Evaporated Cane Juice

See Splenda

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